Gophers represented internationally in Four Nations Cup

by Samuel Gordon

MinnesotaâÄôs Jen Schoullis, Amanda Kessel and Mira Jalosuo of the womenâÄôs hockey team represented their respective countries in the Four Nations Cup last week.

The four-team tournament features the United States, Canada, Finland and Sweden and has been held every year since 2000.

Schoullis and Kessel played for Team USA, and Jalosuo played for Finland. The United States won the tournament in dramatic fashion by beating Canada 4-3 in a shootout.

Team USA was 2-1 in the preliminaries, while Finland was 1-3.

âÄúItâÄôs always fun to go out and represent your country,âÄù Schoullis said. âÄúWe had a good time together. We love playing for the team and any opportunity that we get we definitely take advantage of it.âÄù

Gophers head coach Brad Frost said he hopes his playersâÄô international success will translate to the collegiate level.

âÄúAnytime you play with your national program itâÄôs obviously at a high level. YouâÄôre playing with and against some of the best hockey players in the world,âÄù Frost said.

âÄúHopefully theyâÄôll be able to come back with that experience, and lean on that experience a little bit for the rest of the year, both for themselves and for our other players.âÄù